One of my main goals for the new year was to prioritize my heal. Sometimes this means making a hard decision that is better for me in the long run. I’ve made jokes before that I’m absolutely not a morning person, but this year I have not allowed myself to be a night person either. It has resulted in me feeling more well rested and ready for my day, so today I’m sharing a few of the changes I’ve made with you.
5 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep
1. Make your bedroom into a peaceful retreat.
Using colors and textures that help calm you, as well as clearing your room of clutter will do a lot to help calm your mind at night. I can’t fall asleep quickly if I’m busy glancing around the room at a mess or distracted by things I need to clean or do.
2. Choose comfortable pajamas.
I’m completely guilty of hanging on to the same pajamas forever and ever until they fall apart, so when one of my favorite stores released these new pajamas I jumped on a pair. They’re so very soft and comfortable
3. Your bed absolutely matters.
Not long ago my focus in our bedding was on thread count. We had higher thread-count sateen cotton sheets and a standard mattress with a memory foam topper. When we moved and had to downsize our bed, I replaced out mattress with a very comfortable yet firm one from Brentwood (seriously, love it!). We switched our bedding to these all linen set and our sleep has never been better. Our temperature is so regulated at night that I don’t sweat anymore and in the dead of winter we’ve refrained from adding our duvet back into the cover. We ditched our top sheet too!
4. Filter out any light or noise distractions.
Same as above, this will help to keep your mind at ease. Think of how you sleep best and aim to make the place you sleep most like it. I like a quiet and dark room so I make sure to have the blinds closed and household noise (dishwasher, laundry, etc.) off when I go to sleep. Slip also sent over this beautiful silk sleep mask (c/o) and it’s made a huge difference for me when I am the only one going to bed first. My youngest son prefers to sleep with a nightlight and music on, so we make that work for his bed time.
5. Make a routine, and stick to it.
This is where I always used to fall short. I’d sit up late on my computer working away but not as focused as I was able to be during the day. It would suck the energy right out of me and I’d miss out on precious sleep. Now my routine is to have a bath or time to myself, but be off screens by at least an hour before bed time. I wash my face, brush my teeth, put on comfortable pajamas, make myself “Nighty Night” tea with valerian, use a “Sleep” roll-on oil, then read a book for 30 minutes bed. Although it was hard at first, it’s very satisfying for me now to go through the routine and it feels good to do something for myself during the day.
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What do you do for a good night’s sleep? Do you have any tips or tricks to share?
All images by Sarah Hettervik for Hej Doll.